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Defence & Aerospace

Seychelles parliament blocks planned Indian naval base on remote island

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Seychelles parliament will not ratify a pact allowing India to build naval facilities on one of the archipelago’s islands, a top foreign affairs ministry official said on Friday. The two countries signed an agreement in January to build military facilities on the remote island of Assumption, but... 

Strong attendance growth at Fastener Fair Turkey 2018

22nd June 2018 Exhibitors at the fourth edition of the Fastener Fair Turkey 2018 welcomed high calibre Turkish and international visitors for three days, with a total of 2 900 managers, engineers and buyers visiting the event. This represents an impressive 70% growth, compared with the 2016 show. 

SANDF rifle linked to cash-in-transit heist, Minister Mapisa-Nqakula reveals

By: News24Wire      21st June 2018 Some South African National Defence Force (SANDF) officials fall foul of the law by losing or stealing official firearms and ammunition, and at least one of these weapons has ended up being used during a cash-in-transit heist, Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula revealed this week. She was... 

Airbus, Côte d’Ivoire sign agreement to develop country’s aerospace sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th June 2018 Global aerospace major Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to create a cooperation framework which, in turn, will facilitate the development of the West African country’s aerospace industry. The Côte d’Ivoire government has... 

Denel CFO placed on special leave

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Denel CFO Odwa Mhlwana has been placed on special leave pending a disciplinary process into allegations of misconduct against him. Denel on Monday said its board has taken this step for the purposes of creating a conducive environment that will allow for the start of a verification process in... 

Denel CFO placed on special leave

Defence group upgrading imagery service for civil, military clients

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 The Intelligence business of Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) will soon be able to provide clients with a digital platform for imagery (largely, but not solely, from satellites). Called OneAtlas, it is the result of years of development work and testing by the company, which operates its own... 

Aerospace facility aims to help country master new technologies

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 In South Africa, the aerospace and defence industries have a responsibility to provide technological leadership for the rest of the economy. This is because they are leading sectors for the development, introduction and use of innovations and new technologies, argues Centurion Aerospace Village... 

Egypt appoints new minister of defence in new Cabinet – State television

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 Egypt has appointed a new minister of defence in a cabinet sworn in on Thursday by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to mark the start of his second term in office. Mohamed Ahmed Zaki Mohamed was named minister of defence, replacing Sedki Sobhi. 

South African company develops new generation field kitchens for army

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th June 2018 South African company Desert Wolf has started Phase 2 of its contract to design, manufacture and deliver stainless steel diesel-fired field kitchens to the South African National Defence Force, ordered under Project Teamster. The company only uses stainless steel to make its trailers. “During... 

South African company develops new generation field kitchens for army
Photo by Desert Wolf
One of the new Desert Wolf field kitchens for the South African Army

Denel welcomes debt extension

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2018 State-owned Denel has been granted an extension to repay its unsecured debt that was due on June 10. The extension is on a R290-million debt note that was taken up by Regiments Capital in June 2013, and a R400-million debt note in November 2015 and is “a welcome relief to the company as it... 

Indaba will create intra-Africa trade opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 With the 2018 Manufacturing Indaba’s focus being on the development of intra-Africa trade, event organiser Siyenza Management MD Liz Hart says the event will bring key stakeholders together to create opportunities for engagement and dialogue. She tells Engineering News that Africa has many of... 

Indaba will create intra-Africa trade opportunities
EXPANDING EXHIBITION Siyenza Management aims to expand the Manufacturing Indaba – the larger the event, the more companies to engage with and to explore added business opportunities

African airlines switching to more economical regional jets

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 Regional airliner manufacturers are seeing a major adjustment in African airline markets as airlines "right-size" their fleets, adopting more economical, regional types (especially regional jets). This was made clear at the recent 27th African Aviation Summit (Air Finance Africa) by... 

Small machines with big capabilities

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Global machine tool supplier Hurco’s BX40i double-column, bridge-type machine, originally launched in 2016, has been upgraded to service a variety of trades, from general manufacturing to highly specialised industries such as the aerospace sector. The stability of the double-column design and the... 

Small machines with big capabilities
STABILITY PROVIDING ACCURACY The BX40i meets the needs of any high-speed machining application.

Denel Aeronautics acting CEO was in charge at SA Express when irregular contract signed – union

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th May 2018 Trade union Solidarity claimed on Wednesday that the reported fuel purchase contract, which failed to follow prescribed tender procedures, placed by State-owned airline SA Express with a little known company, EML Energy, had been placed while Victor Xaba had been acting CEO of the airline. Xaba... 

Denel Aeronautics acting CEO was in charge at SA Express when irregular contract signed – union
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Victor Xaba

Uganda MPs question classified defence expenditure increase

By: African News Agency      30th May 2018 Ugandan Parliamentarians on the budget committee have expressed mixed feelings over a classified increase in expenditure for the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), querying whether the money may be hidden away and used by the government at a later stage for political activities, to the... 

South African space component heading beyond the Moon

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th May 2018 South African enterprise Space Advisory Company (SAC), part of the Somerset West, Western Cape province-based SCS Aerospace Group, has supplied a key component for a joint Dutch-Chinese science payload on China’s recently launched Chang’e-4 spacecraft. The component is a digital controller unit,... 

South African space component heading beyond the Moon
Photo by SCS Aerospace Group
The NCLE Digital Receiver with the SAC digital controller unit integrated into it

Paramount’s KPE JV secures new armoured vehicle order in Kazakhstan

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 Defence and aerospace company Paramount Group’s joint venture in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), has secured a new and substantial order from the government of Kazakhstan for its advanced 4 x 4 mine-protected armoured personnel carrier, the Arlan. This follows the recent... 

Paramount’s KPE JV secures new armoured vehicle order in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering'S advanced 4 x 4 mine-protected armoured personnel carrier, the Arlan

Lost in space?

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2018 Analysts say that the planet Earth’s rapidly-growing space economy could hit $600-billion by 2030 and $1-trillion by 2040. Clearly, the space economy, worth some $350-billion today, is growing rapidly.  

Denel CEO resigns with immediate effect

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2018 State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on May 15 that its Group CEO, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, had resigned. The resignation was with effect from that same day. He had been appointed Group CEO only six months ago, following two years in which he had been acting in that capacity. Ntshepe had... 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has appointed Phakamani Hadebe as Eskom CEO. Hadebe has been acting CEO of the power utility since January. 

Gordhan appoints new Denel, Transnet, SA Express boards; Hadebe appointed Eskom CEO
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the composition of the Presidential State-owned Enterprise (SoE) Council, whose establishment has been approved by Cabinet, will be split between Ministers, as well as business people, experts and stakeholders. Speaking in Parliament during the debate... 

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Denel's rescue plan must be fast-tracked – Minister

By: African News Agency      18th May 2018 A rescue plan for South Africa's state-owned arms manufacturer Denel needed to be sped up so it did not negatively affect the capability of the army, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Friday. Speaking after delivering her department's budget vote, Mapisa-Nqakula said the... 

VVIP presidential jet still an option even though defence's budget is cut by billions

By: News24Wire      18th May 2018 Despite a budget cut amounting to billions, the purchase of a VVIP presidential jet by the South African Defence Force is not off the table. In her speech in the debate about the South African Defence Force budget on Friday, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said:  "I must now report to... 

Union welcomes departure of Denel Group CEO

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th May 2018 The Solidarity trade union on Tuesday welcomed the resignation of Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe that same day. It also expressed its support for recently appointed board chairperson (Ms) Monhla Hlahla, complimenting her for the changes she has already made at the State-owned defence industrial... 

Union welcomes departure of Denel Group CEO
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Zwelakhe Ntshepe

Denel Group CEO resigns

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th May 2018 State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Tuesday that its Group CEO, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, had resigned. The resignation was also with effect from Tuesday. He had been appointed Group CEO only six months ago, following two years in which he had been acting in that capacity. Ntshepe... 

Denel Group CEO resigns
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Michael Kgobe

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

Drone industry to expand in 2018

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 Any sector has the potential to adapt drones to its purposes, owing to drones being versatile, relatively low cost and on an upward trajectory in terms of technological development, says United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz. “Mines have adopted drones for aerial surveys, which is a cheaper,... 

Drone industry to expand in 2018
YEAR OF THE DRONE The versatility of drones make them adaptable for a variety of industries

Paramount in talks to boost Saudi arms industry

By: Reuters     2nd May 2018 South African defence company Paramount Group is in talks with the Saudi Arabia government to establish production facilities in the kingdom, its chairman said on Monday. Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest arms buyers, is seeking international partners to develop its manufacturing... 

Syrian storm puts SA in uncomfortable company

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 On April 7, Douma, in Syria, was subject to what appears to have been a chemical weapons attack. The Syrian Government has an independently-established (by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW) record of using chemical weapons in the current civil war, and against... 

Cape institution uses space to train students and benefit country at same time

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Engineers and researchers at the French South African Institute of Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are in an advanced stage of developing the institution’s second nanosatellite, designated ZACube-2. “CPUT has used CubeSat programmes to encourage students to train... 

New Denel board faces tough turnaround task as financial pressure mounts

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan recently announced the completely new, high-powered, Board to turn-around beleaguered State-owned defence industrial group Denel. Technically, it is currently an interim Board, he explained, because it had not yet been approved by the Cabinet. He... 

Solidarity alleges mismanagement of funds at Denel

By: Simone Liedtke     19th April 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday alleged in a report titled ‘Denel Dossier’ that State-owned aerospace and defence group Denel’s top management received increases of up to 60% in their salaries, as well as 100% performance bonuses last year, while there were insufficient funds to pay employees... 

Solidarity alleges mismanagement of funds at Denel
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Trade union Solidarity on Thursday made several allegations in a report titled 'Denel Dossier' on the mismanagement of funds

St Helena's cherished lifeline ship to return as anti-piracy armoury

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 The RMS St Helena, Britain's last working postal ship, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity's remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4 500 residents of British-ruled St. Helena, will start a new life as a floating armoury,... 

St Helena's cherished lifeline ship to return as anti-piracy armoury
Photo by Reuters
RMS St Helena

UK project could halve titanium parts production costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced late last month that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain footholds in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

New interim Denel board appointed 

12th April 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about the appointment of a new interim board of directors at State-owned Denel and how this might help turn things around at the embattled group. 

New interim Denel board appointed
New interim Denel board appointed

Gordhan appoints new Denel interim board

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday announced a completely new, high-powered, board to turn around beleaguered State-owned defence industrial group Denel. Technically, it is currently an interim board, he explained, because it had not yet been approved by the Cabinet. He... 

Gordhan appoints new Denel interim board
Photo by Dylan Slater
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

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